We Need Talent to Make Region Competitive
Through the long-term support of St. Louis’ largest employers, STEMpact inspires all students for the careers of the future by teaching and encouraging educators to STEMitize everyday teaching methods through innovative professional development programs.
St. Louis is a hub for research, manufacturing and finance; however, if current trends continue, there will not be enough qualified Illinoisans or Missourians to fill future STEM jobs. The quality of education, especially in STEM-related fields is in dire need of change.
- Missouri ranks 33rd and 21st, while Illinois ranks 23rd and 43rd in math and science nationally.
- STEM job opportunities are projected to grow at 17% over the next decade.
- In Missouri 3 out of 4 fastest growing occupations will be in STEM careers.
STEMpact’s approach combines the resources and human capital of its member to transform the STEM education ecosystem, preparing tomorrow’s professionals and ensuring the vitality of our region’s economy.
We the help of the St. Louis area’s largest employers, local foundations and individual support, STEMpact is making a long-term impact on thousands of St. Louis area students, and providing a stronger future for our region.
Our flagship program, the STEMpact STEM Teacher Quality Institute (STEM TQ), focuses on educators in grades K-8. By introducing quality STEM education to students in kindergarten and following through to eighth grade, STEMpact has a long-term impact on students. This early and continual exposure to STEM helps students unlock a pathway to future success in life and STEM-based careers. Teachers use STEMpact required grade level content to “stemitize” instruction by connecting:
- Students with real world STEM applications
- Diverse STEM professionals and their careers
- High quality instructional strategies and best practices that engage all learners
- Student interests and capabilities to self-identify as a STEM capable learner
In the past 10 years, STEMpact has reached more than 27,000 students and more than 700 teachers. On average, students whose teachers participated in STEMpact’s STEM TQ scored 10 points better on the MAP test in math and 8 points better in science. The biggest gains were seen in 5th grade performance, which were 30 points higher in math and 17 points higher in science. In addition, students who are taught by educators who have completed STEMpact education initiatives now see themselves working in a STEM job in the future.
Students whose teachers completed STEMpact programs are able to:
- Form conclusions through enhanced data collection and analysis
- Collect, analyze and display data graphically
- Think in a process driven fashion and outline process thinking